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12 08, 2016

2016 ECNL/id2 National Training Camp Experience

Below is my write-up for the ECNL id2 National Camp on hosted on July 7-10, 2016


This was my first trip flying solo and being alone at a camp/try-out that took place in Portland OR. I was met by a NIKE representative holding an iPad with my name on. It was so cool to see her holding my name! From the airport we headed to the university of Portland where I got my bag for the weekend and campus badge. Once everyone arrived, we were escorted to where our training gear was located and there it was a sign with the words “2016 ECNL id2 NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP” (my jaw dropped seeing all the gear). I saw my locker and there was my name and assigned number was with my new boots and training gear.

Later in the afternoon we were taken to the NIKE World Headquarters were we were given a presentation about each of the NIKE boots given to each of the girls. The presentation was given by a NIKE “EKIN” named Jason. A NIKE “EKIN” is a NIKE marketer who delivers the NIKE message using innovation and grassroots development. He covered the technology that goes into each boot. Some are built for speed, ball control and comfort. I was so impressed by the presentation, It was really cool. I liked NIKE boots prior to the presentation, now I love them.

In the evening we had an hour training session. It consisted of 5v2 keep away, 3v4 dribble across the line and a mini game of 5v5 going to goals with bumpers. I was nerves at first but as the exercises went on I began to feel more comfortable as I focused on the players and my surroundings and constantly being vocal on the field. When I was a bumper, I was directing girls to either have the shot or play it wide or they have me here as an option. These girls are intense, they have great vision which is key and high work ethic. 

DAY 2 

In the morning we received additional training gear which was a sand color top with white shorts and white socks. Our training was a bigger keep away with 7 attackers and 3 defending. Then we played a game where you had to advance the ball and stay in your channel. When you advance the ball you can add another player to overload your team w. extra players. Lastly we went into a small sided game against the 2001 id2 team. After the morning training session, we received another set of training gear to use for the afternoon matches. We wore a grey top and green socks and bottom.

I attended a NIKE focus group where we got the opportunity to review several new training shoes. The NIKE staff wanted to know what we liked about them and what we didn’t like. They also explained how to properly choose training shoes. Lastly they had us rate a bunch of shoes by indicating which ones I would buy and which ones I would not. It was a cool experience to give input on the shoes that were really cool.

In the second training session for the day I started as the #10. I did really well being the outlet and the distributer. I took the corners for the team and got us a PK by heading the ball down and it hit the defender in the arm in the box. During this training session I saw several college coaches watching the games but I only recognized Louisiana State and Santa Clara.


Day 3 was a training and recovery session. In the training session we worked on a passing exercise where the “outside” back plays the attacking mid and the mid plays it back the back. The back plays the ball to the forward to the attacking mid which then would play a thru ball to either forward or attacking back. 

Next we applied the same exercise to a mini half field version and then an 11 v 11. I had a few shots on goal and on one, the goalie had a nice save (I thought it was going in). After the training we had a recovery session. We went into the lounge and rolled out our sore muscles.


Later that evening we attended the Portland thorns vs Seattle reign match. Walking into the stadium and heading to our seats you would see a bunch of people starring at us. Who wouldn’t? A bunch of girls all wearing matching outfits. The game was okay. We left a little after Portland scored. Portland was playing very direct while Seattle had more of a buildup and patience with the ball. It sucked that the national players weren’t there. It would have been a totally different game. 


The last day was the best day. I say this because we got a uniform with our assigned number on it and all teams had a different color. I wore blue white blue. We took a bus to the Nike world headquarters and man was I nervous. The greatest athletes in the world (sponsored by NIKE) have walked through those exact doors and now I can say, “I did too”. We pulled up to the tiger woods center and when you walked through the doors, turn the corner and right there in front you see two beautiful soccer fields: Ronaldo 1 and 2. 

The whole day was spent at the NIKE world headquarters. We played one full match that day. I received the ball but I received the ball on my left w. 3 defenders in front of me. I knew I couldn’t get a clean shot so I played a great ball through splitting two defenders and bam we scored a goal. The coaches knew I cover ground so they had me cover the left back, holding mid and the direct passing lane to the left forward. I had two nice slide tackle. I almost scored too, but of course with my luck, the ball hits the side posts. My team dominated the match, we won 4-2 with one of the goals being assisted by me.

I thank the Rage staff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. This was a great experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to play against and amongst some of the most Amazing Young Women in the US. That was the cherry on top.

Vanessa Mejia

Rage 2000 ECNL Team

27 05, 2016

2016 RAGE Summer Soccer Camp – 2010/2009/2008/2007/2006 Birth Years

The RAGE Summer Soccer Camp provides a unique learning environment for the recreational player to develop fundamental soccer skills. The goal of Summer Soccer is to foster a passion for soccer and a greater understanding of the game while building a solid foundation of basic skills and technique.

RAGE Summer Soccer Camp is open to recreational players within the 2010/2009/2008/2007/2006 birth years. This is a great way for players to receive professional training in a fun environment.

Download Registration Form
Curriculum  Ball Control/Creativity, 1v1/2v2 Ability, Passing, Small Sided games
Academy Trainers RAGE Recreational Director Megan Walinski and staff
When/Where July 11th – July 14th
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 – 10:30am
Field Location Muirwood Park – 4701 Muirwood Dr, Pleasanton 94566
Cost $100 (make checks payable to PGSA)
Contact Megan Walinski, MeganWalinski@pleasantonrage.org


Register:                     Mail check and registration form to:

PGSA Rec Summer Camp
173 Spring St, Suite100
Pleasanton, Ca 94566

Deadline to Register – July 1st, register early, spaces will fill up!                      


4 05, 2016

2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Sophia Brown!

Sophia Brown - 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

Sophia Brown – 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

The Board of Directors and Staff of Pleasanton RAGE are extremely pleased to feature U18 ECNL Goalkeeper Sophia Brown, the 2016 CIF State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

The award is based on the highest level of academics, success as an athlete (ECNL RAGE soccer, Foothill High School varsity basketball, and varsity lacrosse), community service, and leadership.  Sophia has played for RAGE for 13 years and will attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she will major in Aerospace Engineering and play Division 1 soccer. 

This honor is a repeat for the Brown family, as Sophia’s older sister, Phoebe, won the same award 4 years ago and will now graduate from Princeton University. 

Congratulations to the Brown family on a remarkable achievement!



2 05, 2016

U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team Experience – Olivia Sekany

_Olivia-Sekany1Last month I had the incredible experience of training with the U-18 U.S. Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. I had been scouted by the National Team coaches at the ECNL event in San Diego, and received an invitation to attend the training camp two days after we returned from this event. I was extremely excited to receive this opportunity–wearing the U.S. soccer crest and representing our country is a privilege that very few players receive, and I am honored to be one of them.

We arrived in Carson on Saturday, April 16th, and the rigors of camp began almost immediately. We had a training session that evening to get our legs moving after a long day of travel. It was amazing to be playing with 25 of the best players in the nation, and to see their abilities as well as their dedication to the game in action. That night, we were given instructions regarding various forms of health and wellness monitoring that we would need to perform. Every morning we were required to fill out a survey regarding our level of soreness and fatigue, level of stress, our moods, and any injuries we may have had. Additionally, we were required to monitor our resting heart rates, as well as take part in daily weigh-ins and hydration tests. With the high volume and intensity of our training sessions, we had to ensure that we were properly caring for and preparing our bodies.

_Olivia-Sekany2Sunday morning we had fitness testing. We participated in four different fitness tests: a 20-yard sprint test, the arrowhead agility test, a vertical jump test, and the “Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test,” also known as the beep test. I did particularly well on the vertical jump test, with the third highest score on the team.

We had two training sessions a day–one in the morning and one in the evening. The other three goalkeepers and I began every session working with the goalkeeper coach until we were needed for drills with the rest of the team. The speed of play was very fast, and the sessions were extremely physical and competitive, which was a lot of fun for me. We also had team meetings every night to watch film, listen to scouting reports on our opponents, or talk about our plans for training the next day. The other goalkeepers and I would stay with the goalkeeper coach after the team meetings to watch film from our training sessions and analyze our technique. Some days, we also had extra training sessions while the field players rested.

_Olivia-Sekany3Over the course of the week, we played 2 games. On Tuesday we played Long Beach State University and tied them 2-2. On Friday, we played the U-17 Women’s National Team, who were also in camp that week in Carson. The U-17 WNT is preparing for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan this Fall and have been in camp together and playing games fairly regularly, so it was a great opportunity for us to play a very skilled, well organized team. We ended up losing the game 2-1, but it was still a great experience.

I learned a lot when I was at camp, about the game and myself as a player. I am looking forward to hopefully being back in training camp with the National Team this summer. My goal is to travel with the team to Ireland in October to play in some international friendlies and earn my first cap!

27 04, 2016

Philippines Women’s National Team ID Camp Experience from Isabella Adamos

Isabella Adamos1 The invitation to attend the Philippines Women’s National Team ID camp was exciting and an honor.  When I found out that the scouting coach came to watch me at one of my games at ECNL Arizona last November, I was very excited for the chance to show my skills and knowledge of the game.  The possibility of playing soccer for my native country would be an honor and unforgettable experience.

The first ID camp was in late November and I had no idea how to prepare for it. I asked my coach advice and he gave me simple tasks. He told me to make small personal goals for myself at the camp. For example, try to focus on the basics and simply perfect them. He also said to be myself on the field, to show who I am and how I play. Finally, he advised that I embrace the opportunity and really learn from it. This was the chance of a lifetime and I should try not to stress out or be nervous.

Isabella Adamos2When the first day of the ID camp came, I was pumped and very eager to play. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the other girls who would also be participating. I was a bit intimidated by them at first, but once we started to warm up, I learned that all of them were super friendly and nice. The coaches also had very friendly attitudes and were welcoming to everyone. They immediately began to treat everyone like family and cracked a few jokes here and there. The camp felt a lot like a college ID camp. We were split into three age groups; U14, U16 and U19.  I was in the U16 group.  We went over technical drills that included dribbling and passing, then we moved on to small 1v1 or 3v3 games. I learned that their style of play was very aggressive and technical. We ended the training sessions with a scrimmage amongst the age groups.

During my three days at the November camp, in addition to field sessions, we also attended classroom sessions where we watched videos of the Senior team in past events.  When I was invited to attend the 2nd ID camp in March, I felt so happy and proud to be invited back.  The March camp was similar to the November one except that we mostly scrimmaged the two days that I attended.  I was placed in the U16 group again but this time, I had the opportunity to scrimmage with the U19 group against the U18 ECNL Strikers FC team.  I was so excited because I scored a goal against this team and our group won the scrimmage 5-1.  At the end of the camp, I was told that I had made the U16 pool of players!


The most memorable part of my experience at the PWNT camps was listening to the Senior girls’ experiences. Their descriptions of their journey on the national team were very inspiring. They made me believe that I had the ability to make the team, and that I could be great, like they are. They also emphasized the sisterhood that grew within the team. They called each other “sistersfor life.”  They were family and they would always be there for each other, on and off the field. I was able to relate to how they felt since my Rage U15 ECNL team is my second family and I wouldn’t be where I am today with soccer without them. My teammates always push me to work harder and support me through everything that happens. The bond between us makes us so much stronger as a team, and it shows on the field.

Isabella Adamos3

My journey with the Philippines Women’s National Team is just beginning.  I’m hoping to be called up to play in the 2016 AFC U16 Women’s Championships Qualifiers this August/September.  It would be a dream come true and an once in a lifetime experience.

22 03, 2016

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2 03, 2016

2016 RAGE Spring Academy 2010/2009/2008/2007/2006 Birth Years

RAGE Spring Academy provides a unique learning environment for the recreational player to develop fundamental soccer skills. The goal of Spring Soccer is to foster a passion for soccer and a greater understanding of the game while building a solid foundation of basic skills and technique. It was developed for those young players who are willing and ready to be challenged to take their game to the next level.

Download Registration Form

RAGE Spring Academy is open to recreational players within the 2010,2009,2008,2007 and 2006 birth years. This is a great way for players to receive professional training throughout the spring season.

*Your daughter should enroll in the year in which she was born.

 Curriculum:  Ball Control/Creativity, 1v1/2v2 Ability, Passing & Striking, Small Sided games

Academy Trainers:  RAGE Recreational Director Megan Walinski and staff

When/Where: April 11th – May 17th, 2016   6-Week Season 1-hour, once-a-week training session (total of 6 sessions)

2016 Rec Spring Soccer Dates


Play Dates:   2 playdates – date are TBD (usually on Saturday mornings)

Field Locations:   Donlon – Fields located behind school at 4451 Payne Road

 Player must bring cleats, shin-guards, soccer ball, and water to all practices

 Cost:   Rec Spring Academy is $100

Contact: Megan Walinski, megan@pleasantonrage.org

Register:   Mail check and Registration Form to:

PGSA Rec Spring Academy
173 Spring St, Suite100
Pleasanton, Ca 94566

Deadline to Register – April 1st , 2016

12 02, 2016

ECNL Stats

The class of 2016 is comprised of Amazing Young Women who will be playing at multiple collegiate soccer levels:

  • ECNL Class of 2016: 1,310
  • College Bound ECNL: 1,217 (93%)
  • Total Players Playing Collegiate Soccer: 1,209 (92%)
  • Division I: 955
  • Division II, III, NAIA: 264
  • Undecided: 91
4 02, 2016

Congratulations To Our Signed Seniors!

2016 Seniors

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18 01, 2016

The ODP Experience

bumgartnerThis previous weekend I had the honor of attending the Region IV ODP Championships for 2016. I play for Cal North 99Gs and have played with them for 5 years. I have attending this event for the past 3 years and once again, it was a great experience all around. We had some climate difficulties that resulted in having one of our games rained out but it was handled well by the ODP staff and we were able to get through it. My team and I had to be patient in our pending games but we were able to maintain our composure and perform well. We made it to the semi-finals but lost against Utah in a well-played 70 minute game. It was a busy and trying trip but a very good experience.

-Faith Baumgartner


This year when I traveled for ODP it was a lot of fun. I always enjoy all of the new experiences that I get every year threw this program. I think having my teammate there to experience it with me this year was great. ODP has given me the opportunity to meet players that I would have not normally met. I think that it has also given me a lot more experience then my other club teammates because I get to see the highest level of competition and you get to travel. In the end, this year in Arizona I had the best time and having a fun coach also made everything more fun!
-Kira Broacha


ashleyI really enjoyed my ODP experience! The program is run so well, and the coaches and staff are amazing! I’m so glad I did ODP and I am extremely grateful for all the coaches who have helped me.

When I first went to the ODP trainings, and when I first arrived in Arizona I felt extremely nervous. But, I had to realize that I wasn’t the only nervous one there. There were many other states and girls right by my side who were nervous as well. Many of them being my wonderful teammates. I think that the biggest challenge for me was playing with girls I barely knew before. But, I think that is part of the experience. You form an unbelievable bond with girls you only see for a week or so. I will always remember all the moments where we were just always there for each other throughout the trip. I know that we couldn’t have played so well without everyone on the team. After all it is not the individual but the team who is the ultimate champion. When we let a goal in, when we didn’t move on to the semi finals, of course we were disappointed but we knew it would be fine. We had each other, and at the end of the day all that mattered was we are a team, and that we stuck together. My biggest highlight was defiantly the first goal we scored. We all jumped off our feet and we were so excited. We couldn’t have been happier. One thing I learned was to always keep working. This was a very important thing for this team during Arizona. We had to keep working until the final whistle blew. Overall, I was super happy that I got the amazing opportunity to compete in Arizona. I had a great time and couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

– Ashley Belshe

ODP has been one of my goals I’ve been striving for since playing soccer competitively. Being selected for the traveling 18 player roster for ODP was rewarding and exciting. I felt like all those missed birthday parties and school events in lieu of training had paid off.

My first tournament was in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a TEAM event, no parents are allowed to travel with or stay at the same hotel. I thought, “What stay in a room with four girls I barely know for five days?” As different we may all have been from each other, we all had one thing in common, we all shared the same passion and desire for the game of soccer.

Arriving at the event, I saw the score sheets with all the different states competing and a “check in list” for college coaches. I felt a little important, and enormous respect. Respect for the players, respect for the event, and respect for the game.

Although, some games were cancelled due to the rain. Our team played well in the games we did play. The experience of playing for new coaches, new players, new playbook was amazing.

We had some down time because of the rain but, we had fun getting to know each other, playing games, shopping, and of course lots of group selfies.

This experience has left me wanting to push myself even more so one day, one of those coaches on the “Check In List” is looking for me.
– Maddy Goldberg

After 2 years of working hard to make it out of the pool and onto the traveling team, I finally did it. Coming in as the only eighth grader I was pretty nervous and didn’t know what to expect from all the high age soccer players. Despite everything, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I experience a new level of play but I met many new friends that I hope to keep for the rest of my life.
– Kieran Wallace

After coming home from Arizona and thinking back on the trip it was an amazing experience to represent Cal North and meet many new friends. The level of competition is very high and requires you to be at the top of your game. It is awesome to be able to showcase your talents in front of Regional and college coaches. Our team shared many laughs together as we all became so close on and off the field. The games were so enjoyable as team mates supported each other through everything. We were lucky to have 3 coaches join us. They were all very encouraging and were able to connect with each player and provide different views on the game. Overall a life changing and I’m happy I got to be apart of it!

– Allison Brecher

I am proud to have been a member of the Cal North ODP team for the past two seasons– what an amazing experience! Going into regionals, I was nervous, despite having been on the trip last year, because I knew that this would be the last chance we had as a team to win the tournament. I definitely felt the pressure, but I knew that I had to perform in order to prove myself. One of the hardest things for me was overcoming my doubt, since last year, I didn’t play as well as I knew I could have, and I also realized that I had already proven that I was a great player by making it onto the team, so I knew that I was capable of playing to my greatest potential. As we were driving to the first game, my apprehension was growing, but I did not want a repeat of last year– I wanted to show that all the doubt that had limited my play had been replaced with confidence. To calm down and assure myself that I could have a phenomenal weekend, I listed all the things that I excelled at on the field and everything I was capable of doing in my head, which I think really helped bolster my play over the three days.

As I had hoped, my performance this time around was a vast improvement over the previous year. Specifically, I felt that I was more successful in 1v1 defending, plus I was able to get forward more and contribute to the attack, which I think was a positive contribution to my team’s offense. I overcame the mental block that held me back from reaching the level I could play at, and ignored all fatigue and pain until the last whistle blew. My play overall was definitely stronger this year, which I am very proud about. Although we didn’t make it as far this year, I personally felt that the weekend was positive overall. I learned that hard work and persistence pays off, and that it is extremely important to not only focus on the physical part of the game, but also the mental aspect, because any doubt can limit the extent to which you can succeed. Mental strength and discipline is the key to a confident, strong performance on the field. I found that over this short time, I was able to grow as a player and learn how to prepare before a game so that I can play my very best.

– Mariah Brown